Give Me More Mo’orea

Give Me More Mo’orea With Kyle and Alyssa onboard, we made the 3 hour passage from Papeete Marina, to Oponohu Bay on Mo’orea. The seas were rollie and not what we were hoping for our new crew’s first passage. Despite taking bonine, they were looking a little green and queasy by the time we dropped anchor. It passed soon enough though and amazement of how clear the water is in the anchorage took over ... Read More

Give Me More Mo’orea2023-04-30T03:39:48-07:00

Tahuata Side Trip

We made the good decision to go to Tahuata for a few days while we were waiting for a new regulator to come in from Tahiti for the engine. The 2-hour afternoon sail from Atuona, Hiva-Oa to Tahuata was pretty short, even though we had little wind to sail and the engine wouldn't go over 5.3 kn. Our targeted bay was one that is known to have dolphins and mantas called Hanamoenoa Bay. We ... Read More

Tahuata Side Trip2022-06-09T12:41:05-07:00

Hiva-Oa Oasis

Hiva-Oa 4/14 Day of Transit: Sailing from Ua-Pou to Hiva-Oa was fairly uneventful, even though we had to bash upwind the whole way. The sunrise happened on my watch and it is something I now look forward to. Pods of dolphins joined us periodically after we had brighter sunlight to pick-up our spirits as we got closer to our next island. After 17 hours, we arrived. It was fairly choppy sailing all the way into ... Read More

Hiva-Oa Oasis2022-05-17T17:55:17-07:00

Unexpected Ua-Pou

Today, after having a late breakfast, getting on Wi-Fi and doing a lot of posting and emails, and ordering sandwiches to go from a cafe, we rented a stick-shift truck and drove around half the island. We went to the end of the road, so to speak. The road ended in a small village called Hakamaii. All the villages on Ua Pou start with “H”: Hakahau, Hakahetau, Haakuti, Hakatau, Hakamaii, Hakatau and Hohoi. The ... Read More

Unexpected Ua-Pou2022-05-17T18:17:52-07:00

Land Ho!

The Pacific crossing started out cold from San Diego. It gradually warmed up over the course of a little more than a week. Early in the voyage, several large fish bit on the line, but were lost early in the process. Of course, the fish story was that they were HUGE! Eventually, one Skip Jack Tuna was caught and that fed the crew for several days.  As the temps increased, so did the ... Read More

Land Ho!2022-05-17T17:34:31-07:00

Steel Away Casts-off from San Diego!

Today was THE BIG DAY! It was the culmination of over 30 years of dreaming about sailing away from San Diego, on a boat that is truly meant to be a blue water cruiser. Brent seemed to be on a cloud as the crew boarded the boat and we waved goodbye to our friends and family at the dock. The trip from the Chula Vista Marina to the fuel dock in Harbor Island took ... Read More

Steel Away Casts-off from San Diego!2022-03-15T14:31:13-07:00

Steel Away is Rechristened During the Pandemic!

An epic event - the boat just splashed a few days ago on 6-26-20! Renaming the boat from Party Central to Steel Away was met with a lot more resistance than you might imagine. Brent wanted the old name to be kept, even though the boat is basically new inside, and out. Shouldn’t she have a new name, more fitting of her giant makeover? I have never forgotten the stories Brent told of the ... Read More

Steel Away is Rechristened During the Pandemic!2022-01-12T14:51:14-08:00
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